DBCMaram Bids Farewell to Fr. John Med By College Reporter
Dimapur, Jan. 28. DBCMaram 27 Jan 2011 ( www.dbcmaram.org ): With heavy hearts and minds the Don Bosco College Community of students, staff and management and St. John Bosco Parish, Maram gathered in the basketball ground of Don Bosco Higher Secondary School (Science), Maram to bid farewell to the mortal remains of Fr. John Med who breathed his last on 25 January 2011 at 10.15 at Chingmeirong, Imphal, India. He was fondly remembered as an apostle Marams. The Eucharist was presided over by Rev. Fr. James Poonthuruthil SDB, the Provincial of Dimapur Province and con-celebrated by 15 priests at Maram. Fr. PO Sebastian preached the homily lauding the contribution made by Fr. John Med. He opined that he was a tireless missionary never shying away from winning souls for Christ. Various communities in and around Maram came to offer their respects. A number of wreaths and bouquets were offered by management, staff and students of the college. One of the students expressed hearts' feelings in the following words:
''The Lord is the master of history and knows best how to create situation that favours His designs. He moves men to heroism, provides us with everything and leads everything to its destined end.''
''Dear friends, today, we are filled with sorrow as we gather to pay our last respect to the mortal remains of our beloved Fr. John Med, one of the most outstanding and far sighted Salesian pioneers in India.''
''Rev. Fr. John Med was a true son of Don Bosco who possessed a strong magnetic personality. He was an affable, affectionate and loving father. Today in him we have lost a valiant missionary, nay, a true father, a great evangelist, an educator, a benefactor and a great friend. Yes, our beloved father is no more. Yet in him we have a powerful intercessor now in heaven. He was a man of principle and would never easily water down the truths of our faith. It was he who authored, 'Our Catholic faith', a very handy Catechism book specially meant for students. He left the familiar shores of his homeland, sacrificing everything with the sole aim of saving souls for Christ. Notwithstanding the many hardships and privations, he went to preach the message of Love to the remotest areas of our region. He was a man of unique calibre, a caring father, a kind and wise counsellor, a father to all, a man of iron will, a man of extra ordinary physical stamina as acknowledged by many Salesians, Priests, Sisters and others who knew him closely.''
''Words fail us as we try to describe this great missionary of our own day. He was a person fully integrated with the situations and people and worked for their integral development. The tiny seed of his zealous missionary work sown by him has grown into a beautiful gigantic tree. The seed of Salesian charism has germinated and flourished all over our land.''
''Fr. John Med is also known as the apostle of the Maram area, for whom he worked his magic as a 'missionary'. In the beginning it was extremely difficult to work in this area without the minimum conveniences and amenities of life yet not a word of complaint escaped his lips. His love and zeal for Christ sustained him in all his missionary endeavours. It was he, who in 1980 reclaimed the Mission land from the Army with the agreement that a school would be set up at Maram. From then on, the mission of the Catholic Church in the field of education began to flourish. In the initial years of the growth of the Church in our area he was one of those who helped to nurture the faith of the people. In 1975 a Middle School was set up. In 1982 the school was upgraded to class V. The boarding also began the same year. The Construction of the School building was completed in 1983.Don Bosco School, Maram was officially inaugurated by Mr. Mahajan, D.C North Manipur, on 31st January, 1983.''
''He worked for the quality of life of our people. This we could see in his being always supportive of any educative ventures of the Province. It was one of his petted dreams to set up Higher Education in our land. The Educational Institutions at Maram speak volumes of his sincere love and interest for the youth. In fact, he was one of those who dreamt of setting up the College in Maram. Obviously he was very happy to see the College progress by leaps and bounds during this short span of time. Like a true father concerned about the welfare of his children, he would, whenever passed by the National High way, make sure that he visited the Institutions here. A word of encouragement from his heart never failed to boost the morale of his people.''
''He won the hearts of young and old with his music and with the language of love. His missionary spirit and zeal led him to the printing of the, 'All Your Hills,' which was later translated into many local dialects.''
''Dear Fr. John Med, thank you for your great missionary life .We recall with immense gratitude your sacrifices, farsighted vision and dedication. Thank you for your great love for the young people after the Heart of Good Shepherd and Don Bosco. We will always cherish your love. We still seem to hear your gentle hand raising and blessing us, 'God bless you'.''
''Continue to pray and intercede for us from above.''
''We remain the Management, Staff and Students of DBC, Maram.''